To Celebrate Positive Psychology and Extend Its Horizons

Gordon Bermant, Charu Talwar and Paul Rozin

in Designing Positive Psychology

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195373585
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199893263 | DOI:

Series: Series in Positive Psychology

To Celebrate Positive Psychology and Extend Its Horizons

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This chapter makes three basic points. First, it presents three interrelated goals for wholesome living, based largely on South and East Asian religions and cultures, which stand in some contrast to general normative directions of positive psychology as we understand them. Second, from these same religions and cultures, it discusses a path (process) for continued personal growth throughout the lifespan. Continued improvement of the mature adult mind is a more important theme in Asian than in Western views of optimal living. Finally, it discusses the core idea within positive psychology of building on signature strengths, raising some questions about this pillar of the field, again from Asian perspectives.

Keywords: wholesome living; Asian culture; Asian religion; positive psychology; continued personal growth

Chapter.  5840 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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